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34 SPORT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 JON ANDERSON CALEB Daniel reinforced a valuable lesson to Ben Jarman (pictured) in September. As the little Western Bulldog minted himself a premiership star, Jarman sat back in his Adelaide loungeroom and marvelled. Daniel cant look Jarman in the eye his 167cm standing beneath Jarmans 175cm frame. But the son of premiership hero Darren Jarman has long believed size doesnt matter, about it. After waiting 26 years Jarman is likely to deliver the Crows their first ever father-son with a late pick at next Fridays draft. He was also eligible to Hawthorn, and the Hawks tracked him more closely this season. But after dumping all their early picks to help secure midfield gems Jaeger OMeara and Tom Mitchell they are at long odds to land the kid with a golden boot. Jarmans kicking is clean, while his cousin is a teammate of Daniels Foot scray premiership player Declan Hamilton. For me its not about how many touches I get, its how many are effective and how I use the footy, Jarman said. I try to hit as many targets as possible and use the ball well. Jarman was born between the Crows 1997-98 flags, but said his old man definitely gets the tapes out to have a look. He wasnt a bad player. He was obviously a bit taller than me, but hopefully I can grow a few more centimetres SAM LANDSBERGER Cotchin and Mitchell proud to win Medal Richmond captain Trent Cotchin (left) and former Hawthorn star Sam Mitchell, who has switched to rival AFL club West Coast for the 2017 season, addressing the media at AFL House yesterday after it was confirmed on Tuesday that both players had been awarded the Brownlow Medal for the 2012 season Picture: ADAM TRAFFORD over the next few years. Jarman grew up a passion ate Crows fan, but his famous player is silky Hawk Cyril Rioli. His forward pressure is really good and his ability to finish is quite elite, Adelaide legend Andrew McLeod said. At times hes probably too unselfish. AFL talent manager Kevin Sheehan possesses Jarman has the familys silky ball use and loves his ability to nail goals from long range. Promising future for Demons BERNIE Vince says Jordan Lewis arrival at Melbourne is a sure sign the club is heading in the right direction. Lewis, 30, came to the Demons in the trade period, after 264 games and four premierships at Hawthorn. An honest meeting with coach Alastair Clarkson in the wake of the clubs straight sets exit from the finals was the catalyst for Lewis move. The boy from Warrnambool assessed his options and nominated Melbourne as his club of choice. I think it was very flattering for our footy club with where were at for a guy of that calibre to pick only us, Vince said. He was only going to leave Hawthorn if he could come to us. If you were to say that a few years ago back it just wouldnt have happened so its just good for a guy like that to say that. With the Demons poised to play finals for the first time since 2006, Vince said Lewis wealth of knowledge would prove invaluable, particularly for the clubs young brigade of midfielders. And the experience Lewis will be able to pass on to the likes of Jack Viney, Christian Petracca, Angus Brayshaw and Clayton Oliver should hold the club in good stead. Only way is up for Bombers DESPITE the carnage, defiant Essendon chairman Lindsay Tanner has hailed their AFL season a character test that they passed with flying colours. The Bombers continue to reel from the aftershocks of their supplements debacle, with Jobe Watson losing his 2012 Brownlow Medal. A few hours after the AFL Commission made that landmark ruling on Tuesday, Essendon announced a whopping financial loss of $9.8 million. The Bombers say the doping suspensions handed down in January were an overwhelming factor in the financial disaster. Essendon lost 12 players to doping bans this season, including Watson, and finished last for the first time since 1933. But Tanner said there is still much that Essendon can take heart from as they try to recover. We havent turned on each other, we havent been distracted by the temptation to publicly re-fight the Court of Arbitration for Sport decision, outrageous though it may have been, Tanner said. Weve turned up to support our team, and still recorded strong attendance levels and membership numbers. 2016 has been an enormous character test for Essendon and we have passed that test with flying colours. SAM Mitchell wont say whether Jobe Watson deserved to lose his 2012 Brownlow medal, but he and Trent Cotchin were proud to accept the honour and never considered knocking it back. The pair were runners-up to Watson before he was stripped of AFLs greatest individual accolade for his role in the Essendon doping saga. Cotchin was holidaying with his family in Noosa and Mitchell was sitting in his backyard with his young son on his lap when they learned of the news. It may have lacked the obsequious presence of Bruce McAvaney, or the awkward ness of Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick with obligatory glass of French. But once they were overjoyed to receive the nervously anticipated call from chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Tuesday confirming the leagues decision. Cotchin and Mitchell will receive their medals they deserve in a ceremony in front of family and friends on December 13. In this game I guess you accept the umpires call, Mitchell said during a press conference with Cotchin at AFL House yesterday. Were both very proud to be Brownlow Medallists. Were not going to go into (whether Watsons sanction was appropriate). Thats not for us to decide. Cotchin admitted to mixed emotions. We were waiting for a four oclock call from Gil and we wondered whether he had a watch, Cotchin joked. Its mixed emotions. Were still playing now and its been a four-year process but we still have won the most prestigious individual award in different circumstances. Its definitely something well reflect on post-career moreso. Both admitted that there remains a sense of awkwardness surrounding the unique circumstances of their belated Brownlow victories, to the point where Mitchell asked Cotchin not to wear his Rich mond polo given the Hawk is now an Eagle. As for contacting the demoted winner in Jobe Watson or giving any thought to not accepting their medals, Mitchell was a negative to both. There is a lot awkwardness in the way it has happened but hopefully from this point on we can put that aside and take it for what it is, Mitchell said. I dont know Jobe and havent contacted him. But as a father I feel for Tim, who I know through TV. If my son was going through something like Jobe has, you would be heartbroken for him, but I dont feel its my place (to reach out to Jobe). Cotchin agreed that 2012 had been his best year to date, whereas Mitchell pointed to 2011 as arguably his finest season of many. Then again such comparisons are odious and in time their place in history will be as easily recognised as that of men such as Noel Teasdale and Verdun Howell, the two most recent players to have been awarded retrospective medals after they had originally tied and then been denied on a countback. As it stands Cotchin and Mitchell become the 57th and 58th living men to join the Brownlow club, one that began back in 1924 when Geelong Edward Cargi Greeves became the inaugural winner of a rather unimposing trophy that has gained iconic status. Jarman left inspired after Daniel seals premiership and this was the final seal of mental approval he needed. W a t c h i n g (Daniel) is un real and makes you think anything can happen, really, Jarman said. Hes small in stature, but he finds the footy easily and uses it very well. Hes just proved to everyone that size doesnt matter and hes going to be a great, I reckon. Any size can play the game, which is the great thing